12 Ways to Successfully Sow Seeds Indoors

.  Are you frustrated sowing seeds indoors? Maybe your seeds didn’t germinate. Or perhaps your new seedlings died before or after you planted in the garden? Here 12 way to successfully sow seeds indoors. Let’s turn that upside down frown into a smile. Why Sow Seeds Indoors? Before we start, you may ask, why sow seeds indoors? I live in zone 6 (New Jersey) and don’t have a long spring or summer.  So in order to harvest my plants timely, I need get a jump start by sowing seeds indoors. You

Grow Seeds Indoors : April Update. You Can Do This.

Ever wonder what it is like to grow over 200 seedlings a year?  I am small potatoes compared to other herb/vegetable farmers.  So, I thought I would give you an inside glimpse of my seedlings growing inside. You can grow seeds indoors too! Watch the video below: (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]

Winter Seed Sowing Vegetables Pro and Cons

What happens if you want to grow your seeds indoors but just don’t have the space?   Consider winter seed sowing.  I am a huge advocate of growing seeds indoors but realized that not everyone has the room or the budget to buy grow lights.  So, this year I took a crack at winter seed sowing, which is basically growing seeds in opaque jugs outside in the cold. It was an extreme leap of faith in Mother Nature that these seeds would germinate in the bitter cold.  I pretty much chalked off my experiment as a failure

Eco-Friendly Multi-Use Yard Living. Eat and Enjoy.

How can you create a yard that incorporates drought-tolerant plants, your veggie garden and a space for you and your guests, too? I think you can have your cake and eat it too. Creating eco-friendly landscape and interior designs has taught me that you can have a beautiful, functional space that both looks great, gets use, and fits your eco-friendly standards. In this case, you can create a yard that you want to sit outside in, grow a garden in, and looks great too. Let’s Start with Plants. Go Native. Do away with the water-thirsty, non-native lawn and introduce natives in place of it. Incorporating

Sleep On Latex: A Healthier Mattress to Sleep Better

Could your mattress be the culprit to your sleep deprivation? Do you toss and turn and wake up with a sore back? This was me. As a gardener, I abuse my body with my constant twisting and bending. But not any mattress will do. I only wanted a nontoxic healthier mattress since my mattress should meet the same requirements as my organic garden–pure, healthy, and made with care. Sleep On Latex mattress fit the bill. I was given a mattress to review and I only review products that

Gone Vegan: And Loving My New Life

In the summer, I decided to become a vegan. You may recall when I became a vegetarian several years ago. I stayed a vegetarian for three years but decided to return to eating meat for health reasons. This time I jumped in veganism head first and have never felt better. Weird, huh despite all my difficulties being a vegetarian. I know it seems confusing as to why I left being a vegetarian in the

Proper Lighting to Grow Seeds Indoors.

If Tina Turner was a gardener, she would sing, “what’s light got to do with it?” Everything, my sunflowers. If you want to grow successful indoor vegetable and flower seedling, proper lighting is the key. Since this is the time to sow seeds indoors, let’s shed some illumination on proper lighting to grow seeds indoors. Lighting to grow seeds indoors. Before I begin, let’s dispel the window scenario right now. Use the window and your seedling will be lanky and spindly. The window ain’t going to cut it unless you have the optimal southern exposure window scenario. Most don’t, so “windowing” your seedlings is

How to Grow Grains in a Small Garden

Ever thought of growing your grains in your garden? Worried you don’t have enough room? I grow small amounts of grain in my raised beds or plots dedicated to herbs. So, if you ever had the itch to grow your grains, I will show you how. In the past, I have grown amaranth, buckwheat, sorghum, quinoa, and oats. Since my family is gluten free, I have never attempted to grow wheat. In this article, I will focus on some of the easier grains such as buckwheat, sorghum and amaranth. Oats are great to grow but you need

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Eye Cream Review

affiliate link Sunday Riley Auto Correct Eye Cream Review: Is it a savior for our peeper puff? My undereye battles have been well-documented during my decade as a WHT reviewer. To recap: everything makes my eyes puff up, and very little helps de-puff them. This ongoing issue is the reason I got so excited when I heard about an eye cream that immediately diminishes puffiness and dark circles. In this we heart this Sunday Riley Auto Correct Eye Cream review, we wonder could Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream be the

Pat McGrath Lust: Gloss – The Only Lip Gloss You’ll Ever Need

affiliate link In the interest of full-disclosure: I am not a lipgloss girl. I never feel like lipgloss is very impactful on me and I find its wear time lacking. Our fearless leader/resident lipgloss fiend Stef decided to make me a convert and sent me her “favorite lip gloss in the world” Pat McGrath

Fresh Sugar Lemon Hydrating Lip Balm Review

There’s a bakery in my neighborhood that makes the most delicious, tiny vanilla cupcakes with lemon zest frosting. Before I devour one of these little bites of joy, I always sniff it like a maniac. True story: more than once, I’ve gotten frosting on my nose inhaling the smell. If only someone could bottle it, I’ve often thought, I’d wear it from head to toe. So when I cracked open my jar of Fresh Sugar Lemon Hydrating Lip Balm ($18), I swooned with excitement. Lemon vanilla cupcake, hello! It’s the same scrumptious scent, which Fresh

Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded Palette Swatches and Review

press sample affiliate link Will this killer palette bring the same firepower as the original? Before I talk about the Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded palette ($44), I have to give you an idea of *exactly* how much I revered the original NAKED palette. Birthed in 2010, the Urban Decay NAKED palette quickly became a cult classic, and for good reason. It was unlike anything else on the market in terms of wearability, quality and price point with its beautifully curated selection of one dozen richly pigmented neutral shades in a velvet case. It also included a dual-ended brush and either a deluxe mini of

CoTZ Pure Botanicals & Minerals – Mineral Sunscreen Review

press sample affiliate link They don’t call it the Healthier Sunscreen for nothing… I have been blessed with the palest of pale skin. I am literally the fairest of them all. That means that I pretty much always wear sunscreen because my fair skin is also prone to sunburns, which means that skin cancer is a HUGE concern for me. Also a huge concern is the premature aging associated with sun damage. Sunscreen is a daily part of my life, even in my New England winters. On top of being pale, I

Splurge vs. Steal: Spring Fashion Trends

sponsored post Spring is here! And as you enter your closet to pack away your sweaters, tights and scarves; take a look at what remains. You may be ready for spring, but is your closet? (Gulp.) If the answer is no, have no fear. We’ve got three spring fashion trends that will fill the gaps tout de suite! And because we got your back; we’re giving you splurge vs. steal options for

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Swatches and Review

press sample affiliate link I’ll Be Your Glow for All Seasons… Charlotte Tilbury has been synonymous with healthy-looking, natural beauty for several years now. Bohemian rapture is how I describe it: full, pouty looks in nature-inspired shades. Their mascara is life, their eyeshadows are uplifting, and their lip colors are to die for. Now, for the first time, I’ve sampled Unisex Healthy Glow and I’m in heaven. (And

Who Wants Cake? (Answer: We ALL Want Cake!)

press sample affiliate link Pixi Beauty Review: Pixiglow Cake I’ve never said “no” to cake IN MY LIFE. So, it’s only fitting that I am saying a loud “YES!” to the new Pixi Beauty Pixiglow Cake. This enormous pan of light-diffusing blush is bringing me some serious joy, y’all. It’s one part blush, one part highlighter, one part contour color, and all parts gorgeous.

Roses; From the Vase to Your Face

press sample affiliate link Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion Review I’ve always thought of Australia’s Jurlique as the pioneer of natural skincare, but I had no idea that the company has been around for over 30 years! Unlike many brands who hawk “natural” products that are anything but, Jurlique is the real deal. Their powerful

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 12 Hour Wear Test

press sample affiliate link Urban Decay has been one of my favorite brands for a long time. As a teen I was obsessed with their cool packaging, ‘wild’ colors and edgy vibe. And today, UD continues to CRUSH IT when it comes to creating some of the best shades on the market. But what good is an amazing shade if it doesn’t last? So, we decided to put the classic Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to the test ($32/4oz, $15/1 oz). UD calls it a weightless spray that keeps makeup looking “just-applied” for up to 16 hours. If you&#

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer and Illusion Skin Tint Review

press sample affiliate link Hourglass Cosmetics’ Veil and Illusion does a magic act on skin I’ve never used anything by Hourglass Cosmetics that I didn’t love unconditionally. So, I squealed with happiness when I saw not one but TWO of their products in my mailbox to review for we heart this. Hourglass always gets it right, down to the tiniest details. Even the cardboard of their outer packaging has a warm glow. The actual product packaging is always well-designed and modern, the kind of cosmetics I’m proud to leave out on my vanity…and the products inside

Urban Decay Street Style Brow Collection

press sample affiliate link I saw the brow craze coming a long time ago… Back in 2013, my British niece came over from London for a visit. I took her to an LA industry makeup event, and as you do, you chat about beauty. I asked her what the current craze in British makeup was. Brows, she told me. “Brows, as in eyebrows?” I asked, thinking I had heard her wrong. (Because brows? How boring!) But I heard her right

Skincare Elixir from the Gods: Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic

press sample affiliate link Winter is always tough on my skin. But this year has been ridiculous! Between extra-cold temps and a weekly dose of Retin-A (which is almost more than my face can tolerate right now), my face has never been this parched and flaky. I actually felt embarrassed about how unsightly my skin had become. So when I saw that I was testing Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic ($29.00 250ml), I was a little concerned. I’ve heard people rave about Glow Tonic ever since it hit the shelves

It’s Time for Spring Fashion: up to 25% off at Shopbop

press sample affiliate link I know; it feels like spring isn’t coming anytime soon. I mean, it just snowed at my house in Joshua Tree, CA. We’re not talking flurries, we got 10 inches of snow. In. The. California. Desert. But we all just need to hang in there. Because spring IS coming. And what better to get us more in the mood for warmer weather than spring fashion? Perfect timing as well, because there’s a Shopbop sale going on right now! CLICK HERE for all the details (exclusions, etc.) But here’s a cheat sheet

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate review

press sample affiliate link I’ve known for a while now that Vitamin C isn’t only good for staving off colds and scurvy. Pure Vitamin C is a big-time antioxidant with powerful skin protection. That same Vitamin C you take in a pill or in your OJ to protect your body